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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Mar 15, 2011 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Happy Birthday Phil OR Are you and Organ Donor?

Yeah, Phil it UP!

Just do it: make sure your loved ones know that you want to be an organ donor (& make sure that they want to do likewise. It's the best birthday gift you can give Phil. I'm certain that He'd agree...

Happy Birthday Phil, bye-bye Bear my the great 'I AM' continue to bless you both.

With out love in the dream, it'll never come true"

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 16, 2011 12:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Are you an Organ Donor? (Important: Organ shortage)

And it's much harder to find an organ match if you're an ethnic minority. This is true in the States and UK alike. So if you or your family or friends are South Asian, African American, Hispanic, etc., please consider signing up and/or gently urging others to do it, too!

From the Mayo Clinic:

"It's especially important to consider becoming an organ donor if you belong to an ethnic minority. Minorities including African-Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and Hispanics are more likely than whites to have certain chronic conditions that affect the kidney, heart, lung, pancreas and liver. Certain blood types are more prevalent in ethnic minority populations. Because matching blood type is necessary for transplants, the need for minority donor organs is especially high."

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-03-16 07:52:01